What do you need to work as an arborist or in arboriculture?

To work in the challenging and stimulating arboriculture industry you need fundamental knowledge and understanding of trees, their amenity value and their indisputable value to the environment. Such knowledge includes the maintenance and management of trees: tree assessment for health, monetary or environmental value, fundamentals of planting, transplanting, pruning, site planning, identification and treatment of pests diseases, nutritional and other disorders, tree surgery, after-care and advice and tree removal.
This certificate focuses on the culture and care of trees, providing a sound foundation for any working or hoping to work with tree establishment or maintenance. Unlike many other courses in arboriculture, this course also provides a broad foundation across all aspects of horticulture.

Become a Tree Expert

This course develops the knowledge and skills needed to work in arboriculture, and provides essential background training in plant identification, selection and care.



This course is made of two parts, including the following modules:

Part 1

  • Horticulture l
  • Arboriculture 1
  • Trees for Rehabilitation


Part 2

  • Arboriculture ll
  • Plant Selection and Establishment
  • Plant Protection
  • Tree Management is Important

Arboriculture is a huge and important industry that embraces not only tree surgery and tree lopping, but also forestry, street tree management, land rehabilitation, tree nursery production, parks management, urban forestry, and more.

Often people start their careers in this industry doing the heavy work of thinning, removal, pruning and surgery; but over time, with experience and further studies, will move into positions of management, consulting, teaching or something else that is less physically demanding, and has the potential to be more financially rewarding.

Trees are, and always have been, important in many different ways. As the worlds population expands, and environmental pressures increase, the need to plant and sustain more trees continues to increase. Carbon trading, land rehabilitation and other such initiatives are only increasing the demand for people with expertise in arboriculture.

Career Prospects

This course could start your career working with trees or for those already working in this field gain qualifications to improve your career advancement opportunities.


Trees are the longest living organisms on earth, they benefit the community and improve our quality of life in almost immeasurable ways. They create the oxygen we breathe, reduce air and water pollution and uptake water to help reduce storm water run-off. They also provide shade, beauty, sound barriers, windbreaks and reduce summer urban heat.

If a tree is growing in a favourable environment and its genetic make-up also favours that environment it will be healthy and grow to optimum size and shape. A knowledgeable arborist understands that this is not always the case and sometimes, through environmental or other factors, trees will need help. They will also know that working with trees is about more then felling them; once a tree is removed it cannot be put back! Arborists are there to encourage and maintain healthy, growing trees where at all possible; their work therefore has an important role in the community.

Opportunities in this growing industry include employment in private specialist contracting businesses, self-employment, local and state government positions. Activities include the maintenance and care of trees and large shrubs in private gardens, public parks, reserves, bushland reserves, recreational areas, industrial complexes, housing estates and institutions.


This course is an excellent starting point for a lifelong career in "trees".




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